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Grosse Pointe Housing Foundation
Dale Krajniak, city manager of the Park, said the Park's current $22 million sewer separation project, which was begun prior to the settlement, and is on schedule, will put past problems with Fox Creek residents to rest.
Once it is tested, it will give Park officials a better understanding of when final bulkheading will begin, Krajniak said. Krajniak said the Park is currently consulting with its insurance carrier to determine how much the carrier will pay of the settlement. Any remaining unpaid balance would likely be absorbed into the overall cost of the sewer separation project.
Grosse Pointe Park Manager Dale Krajniak said the benefit to the Park rental district from students and young professionals is already measurable.
In early 2011, before the project got under way, there were about 76 vacant bank-owned and abandoned properties in the Park, half of them within the boundaries of the housing district that the foundation serves. By the end of 2012, there were only 13, including three in that district. "We're also seeing the effect indirectly of the turnaround efforts in Detroit, even if they are happening mainly in downtown and Midtown. As employment grows, then we seem to recover a bit with that," Krajniak said. Krajniak said the foundation has become a bit stretched, however, with an anticipated $600,000 per year in rental incentives compared to initial projections of $200,000 per year, and may soon seek cooperation from other local nonprofit organizations to help. He adds that the new influx of professional school students and medical residents through the foundation rental incentives program also helps build foot traffic for the city's reviving retailer district. "In the recession, you could see that downward spiral of property values going down leading to rentals with bad tenants," he said. The church expects to relocate elsewhere in the city within a few months, and the Cottons are in talks with two companies about moving a microbrewery business into its classical architecture, Krajniak and Jon Cotton both said. David told Crain's last week lease talks are still ongoing with the Cottons to house Marais at the Pointe Printing site, where Krajniak said negotiations had stalled. Zuckowski said Cotton and Krajniak approached him a few times about his willingness to sell, and to advise him of adjacent property sales like St. Vincent De Paul.
"Cost-wise, public safety is about 60 percent of our budget," said Dale Krajniak, manager of Grosse Pointe Park.
He intends trimming expenses by working out joint day-to-day police and fire operations with neighboring City of Grosse Pointe. Objectives include maintaining municipal autonomy while integrating government's role of protecting the public. At this point, Krajniak has more questions about the outcome than answers. Krajniak and Peter Dame, manager of the City, are studying various aspects of joint operations. "Efficiencies would be in administrative costs," Krajniak said. He posed more questions: The Park has saved money by reducing personnel from 84 to 70 in three years, according to Krajniak. "We've had a lot of retirements," he said.
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